RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Jellys Ferry Bridge, located on Jellys Ferry Road in Red Bluff, is closed indefinitely due to extreme structural damage.
Tom McSorely, executive director for Tehama County Public Works, said that they received a phone call from Cal Trans stating that the bridge has suffered structural damage due to age and there is no expected time that it will be reopened.
McSorely said that they don't have a lot of information at the moment, but they believe that the structural damage is in the floor beams. It's closed because they are afraid that the beams may fail if cars drive over the bridge, possibly causing it to collapse.
The bridge experienced another case of structural damage back in 2016 when an intoxicated driver crashed on the bridge causing it to misalign, according to McSorely.
The bridge is made up of 40 floor beams, which each cost around $15,000 to replace. They do not know at the moment how many they will need to replace in order to get the bridge fixed.
To access the south side of the Sacramento River, drivers are encouraged to take Jellys Ferry Road. To access the north side of the river, they are encouraged to go through Cottonwood on Gas Point Road.